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Buying 1st bimmer

I am very close to buying my 1st bimmer and have narrowed it down to the 3 series.
For some backround I have owned a 1999 diesel jetta, then a 2002 s4, a 2006 jetta gli which is the only car I have ever put any mods on, and I now have a 2013 ford edge and I do not like that last one at all.
I got the edge because I had 2 babies and the wife wanted the bigger vehicle. It is the only new car I have ever purchased.
My drive to work has 2 really steep hills and winters can have a lot of snow so AWD or FWD are really the only options.
I am not an SUV person and am looking to get back into a sport sedan and after some research the 335xi seems to be the nicest, most grown up, sporty car and for the best price.
I was looking at the 2008 - 2011 model years I know that the 11 was a change in engine and the high pressure fuel pumps have had problems.
Are these year groups worth buying and what other problems might I find or be on the look out for?
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better contact the desk support to get a reasonable solution for this query..
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Definitley look into the 335xi. AWD, and with some simple mods can be made faster then an M3. Even a 328xi will be a decent option. However if you do have kids and want a little bit bigger of a car I would look into a 5 Series. If you want something more powerfull/sporty take a look at the E39 M5. The E39 ended in 2005, but the M5 came with a 400hp V8 and 5 speed manual transmission. - Alberta based BMW Community
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As far as I know the HPFP issue is really on a problem on the twin turbo models, especially the n54 twin turbo engine. BMW knows its a serious problem and offers a 10 year 120,000 mile warranty on the HPFP for the n54 twin turbo.
If its a serious problem with the naturally aspirated 08-11 3 series then I'm sure they offer the same 10 year 120,000 mile warranty on it.

My fuel pump first failed around 35k miles so I took it in to have it replaced the next day and it took a few hours and I got a free car wash too! Anyways, my 535i has about 55k miles now and still has the same replacement pump. Although, I've heard stories of people having 3-4 replacements by 60k miles.

The 335i is a great car if you're looking for good performance. It handles well, has just over 300hp and 300tq (BMW quotes 300hp, but the n54 twin turbo engine has been proven to produce around 320 hp and tq), and can easily be modded to 400+hp.
I love my 535i which has the same n54 twin turbo engine as the e90/92 335i. The engine has won 5 "International Engine of the Year" awards, as well as 3 awards for "Wards 10 Best Engines". Keep in mind, the n54 twin turbo engine will be more costly to maintain than a N/A (naturally aspirated) 3 series engine.

Another common problem with BMW's in general is their water pumps. The water pump on my 535i broke at 50k miles and I've read many stories about them breaking before 75k miles, which is a very short life for a water pump. For the dealership to do the repair, its about $1000 (depending on year, model, etc) so its quite a costly deal unless you DIY.
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